Apps Crashing on macOS Ventura? Here's the Fix

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Jerome Mills
Last updated: Oct 27, 2022

Summary: If you're looking for a solution to your app crashing problem, look no further. In this blog, you'll learn why your app is crashing on macOS Ventura and get some tips to fix it.

Did your app crash unexpectedly after updating to macOS Ventura? Don't worry. Although this problem is rare, it is not difficult to deal with. There are a few things you can do to fix it.

In this blog, we'll walk you through why apps keep crashing on macOS Ventura and how to fix it.

Apps Crashing on macOS Ventura? Here's the Fix

Reasons Why Apps Keep Crashing on macOS Ventura

Various issues may arise after upgrading to macOS Ventura. The most common is an app crash. The reasons for this problem may be:

  • App are not compatible.
  • Your Mac is out of memory space.
  • Too many background processes.
  • A bug in the application.

Fortunately, app crashes won't affect your Mac too much. Here are some tricks to work around.

How to Fix "Apps Crashing on macOS Ventura" Error

Now that you know the possible reasons for the app crash, let's see how to solve this problem.

1. Force Quit the App and Restart It

The easiest way to fix an app crashing or freezing is to force quit and restart it.

  1. Click the Apple menu > Force Quit.
  2. Find the app that keeps crashing in the list, select it, and click the Force Quit button.
  3. Restart the app.
Force Quit Crashing App on Mac

2. Update Your App

Incompatible apps will crash on startup. You should update them to a version compatible with macOS Ventura.

For apps downloaded from the Apple Store, use the App Store to check for updates.

Update apps using Apple Store

Apps downloaded from the Internet cannot be updated through the App Store. You need to go to its official website to see if there is a new version. If so, follow the on-screen instructions to update it. If not, you will have to wait for a new update to use it again.

3. Kill Memory-Hogging Processes

As we mentioned above, running out of memory space can also cause your app to crash. So the key is to free up your memory space.

Activity Monitor is a built-in tool for monitoring system resources in use, including CPU and memory. What you should do is use it to check which processes are using the most memory space and stop those you are not using right now.

  1. Open Activity Monitor via Spotlight or Launchpad.
  2. Click the Memory tab and you will see all the processes using your memory.
  3. Find and select the ones you don't use, and click the Stop button to quit them.
Use Activity Monitor to kill memory hogging processes

Alternatively, you can use BuhoCleaner to free up RAM. The best part of this program is that it can show memory usage in real-time in the menu bar. Once you notice your memory usage is about to run out, click on it and clear your memory easily.

Stop Memory Hogging Process on Mac

4. Clear App Cache

App cache files contain files, images, multimedia, java scripts, and other data. They are designed to speed up app loading. Even if you delete them, they can be recreated the next time you use the app.

Follow the steps below to delete unwanted app caches:

  1. Open a Finder window, press Shift + Command + G to open the Go to Folder window.
  2. Paste ~/Library/Caches into the search box and press Return.
  3. Locate the app cache you want to remove and drag it to the Trash.
Clear App Cache on Mac with Finder

Related Article: How to Clear Cache Files on Mac

5. Delete App Preference Cache

An application's preference list file is a file with a .plist extension. Usually, it is located in ~/Library/Preferences/.

When your app is misbehaving, resetting its preference file will help the app get back to normal.

Here's how to delete an app's preference file:

  1. Click the Go menu in Finder and select Library. (If you don't see the Library option, press the Option key while clicking the Go menu.)
  2. Open the Preferences folder and locate the plist file of the app.
  3. Right-click on the plist file and select Move to Trash.
  4. Empty the Trash.
Reset App Preferences File on Mac

6. Uninstall and Reinstall the App

Apps still keep crashing on macOS Ventura? Try uninstalling and reinstalling the crashed app.

The best way to uninstall an application is to use the Finder. Here's how:

  1. Open Finder > Applications.
  2. Drag the app you want to uninstall to your Trash.
  3. Click the Go menu in Finder and select Library. (Press the Option key if you can't find the Library option.)
  4. Check and remove app leftovers in the following folders.
    • Application Support
    • Caches
    • Preferences
    • Saved Application State

Feeling a little complicated and time-consuming? BuhoCleaner is always ready to help. This app uninstaller for Mac allows you to uninstall unwanted apps with one click. Plus, its Leftovers feature helps you quickly find and delete leftover files from uninstalled apps.

Here's how to uninstall an app with BuhoCleaner:

  1. Download, install and launch BuhoCleaner.
  2. Click App Uninstall in the sidebar and you will find all the apps installed on your Mac.
  3. Find the apps you don't want, check the boxes next to them, and click the Remove button.
    Quickly Uninstall Unwanted Apps on Mac with BuhoCleaner
  4. To remove the remnants of the uninstalled apps, switch to Leftovers, check the files you want to remove, then click the Remove button.

7. Restart Your Mac

It's a good idea to restart your Mac often. Rebooting can solve a lot of problems with your Mac.

Just click the Apple Menu and select Restart.


Hopefully, you've resolved the Mac app crashing issue on macOS Ventura. Which way do you find most useful?

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